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the ever-present past

Dreams tell us the truths we ignore while awake… Consider the documentary The Act of Killing… At the beginning of the film, an Indonesian man by name of Anwar demonstrates how he killed hundreds of ethnic Chinese during the genocide … Continue reading

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Me on Me

 Was it an incubus? Or was it me pressing down on me? In the dream… I’m lying on my back in bed.  The night room is very dark. The intro for the old TV series Night Gallery appears on a … Continue reading

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The Ever-present Past

  A book on the nature of war may provide us with a clue to the nature of nightmares… In War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, former war correspondent Chris Hedges writes… “I did not sleep well in … Continue reading

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Negative Programming

  A co-worker once told me how he’d programmed himself to wake up if he was having a nightmare. My immediate response was… “Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!” I said he should try to stay in the dream. For one thing, how you do … Continue reading

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Bringing the War Home

  As I continue to hear stories of soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder… …I keep thinking of how sharing dreams in a group setting could help returning veterans. Many have difficulty expressing what they feel.  But those feelings will … Continue reading

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Pushed and Pulled

  “Pushing” is a good way to describe what so many of our dreams do… …though perhaps, sometimes “pulling” is the better word. Consider how these repetitive dreams pushed author Terri Jentz to return to the scene of the crime: “Repetitive … Continue reading

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Dreaming Elephants and Donkeys

  Is being a Republican worth the scary dreams? In Counting Sheep, author Paul Martin writes about an informal survey that showed… “…conservative Republican supporters were nearly three times more likely to experience nightmares than their less conservative Democrat opponents. “Half … Continue reading

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